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Blue Lagoon Volunteering

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  • Tarapoto, Peru
English, Spanish
Organization Description
Blue Lagoon Volunteering is a non-profit, non-governmental organization operating under the laws here in Peru. We have our residence housing, our English school and an eco-jungle farm which also serves as a recreation park. Volunteers can choose to teach or work on the eco-farm/recreo or both and are encouraged to stay at least one month. However, experience has shown that a two or three month stay is more benificial for the volunteer and those that they serve.

You will only be asked to volunteer your time 7 hours per day 4 days a week because we have experienced that the best results happen when volunteers have time to explore the endless beauties of the Blue Lagoon and it's surrounding area. You will live in a home stay environment with a local family or may live with myself and my Peruvian wife in our river house minutes from the lagoon, or you might stay at the eco-farm recreo. You will also have access to a full kitchen, have hot water and internet available. At each location we create a shared cooking arraignment with the food all being provided by us. You will be provided with unlimited access to the natural resources of this region and have the opportunity to obtain a wealth of information about how to grow and cultivate medicinal plants as well as tropical fruits and trees. You will also have access to our English as a Second Language Students within the community and have the opportunity to study Spanish and Peruvian cuisine as well. Myself-the director has a PhD. in Psychology and a Master’s in Education and am personally around during your entire stay. Recreational activities include horseback riding,swimming, hiking, soccer, volleyball, visiting the various waterfalls, fishing, camping, boating, bird watching, orchid display, butterfly collecting, kayaking, and much more. Certificates of Participation and Letters of Recommendation are given to all volunteers.
Technology, Education, Sports
Skills Needed
High School Education, Desire to exchange cultures with others, Good Physical Health
Accommodation Provided - Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$135 per week
Estimate only - contact this Organization for actual costs to Volunteer
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • 2 Meals per Day
  • Homestay
  • Airport Pickup and Drop Off
  • Internet

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, 3-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day, Volunteer-Hostel, Local-Transport
Patrick M. Reardon


Blue Lagoon Volunteering Average Ratings
Just spend one month with Blue Lagoon Volunteering turned out to be a great experience. I stayed at the River House with director Patrick, his wife and other volunteers at River House. It had been recently remodeled with new walls and cement floors. The food was good with a refrigerator stocked full and always open. Working with the kids engaging in Poetry, English and Sports was fun and educational for the children and myself. We also worked at the Eco-Farm transplanting fruit trees to be shared with needy communities. I loved the fact that the program was all inclusive. I virtually needed no money above the program fees with many free recreational activities and natural wonders to explore during my ample free time. I highly recommend Blue Lagoon Volunteering and have already...
I have recently finished volunteering with blue lagoon volunteering. While I was volunteering I stayed with Patrick in his house in the town, the house was next to a river and i really enjoyed relaxing in the hammock in nature after working with the children. The food was very nice and healthy, Patrick was always asking if there was anything I wanted, if so i just had to add to the list and he would try and get it from town if it is available. Sauce where I stayed is beautiful and the locals are very friendly, the house was a short walk from the lagoon and there was a waterfall a short hike from the house. During my stay in my free time I went for runs regularly, which in combination with the healthy diet helped me to lose about 10KG. For the volunteering I was mainly involved with the...
I recently completed a 3 month commitment with Blue Lagoon Volunteering. I first stayed at the Eco/Farm Recreation Park in a more rustic environment working with the animals and learning about medicinal plants and exotic fruits I never knew existed. I also worked on a citrus tree orchard where we transplanted baby trees to then ship as donations to needy families in other parts of Peru. Later I moved in with Profesor Patricio the director and his wife Blanca. I stayed in a newly remodeled room with new cement floor. The food was good with a large variety and a big meal in the middle of the day. But what I liked most about the program was teaching English and sports to the kids. Blue Lagoon Volunteering does not just teach English to the students and jungle living to the volunteers...
Report on our experiences volunteering for a month in Sauce: Sauce is a pleasant town that is spread out along the shores of the tranquil Blue Lagoon. The people who live here are friendly, welcoming and always smiling. All along the streets of the town are a variety of interesting shops, cafes and restaurants, with many food stalls by the wayside. Because Sauce is situated on the edge of the Amazonian Rain Forest, there is a great diversity of wildlife. Birds and butterflies of all colours abound and exotic trees and plants flourish in the surrounding countryside. Sauce is famous for its waterfalls and you can wander along the edge of the lake or up into the surrounding hills for a longer hike. We stayed at the back of the hairdressers run by Patrick’s wife, Blanca. The...
Leon and I have just completed our 10 week commitment with Blue Lagoon Volunteering. We were living in the River House with Professor Patrick and his wife. Location • The town of Sauce is a quiet welcoming country town surrounded by green hills and Laguna Azul or the Blue Lagoon. • There are small local shops where you can buy most things. Milk is available in tins or in powdered form and there are a few herbal teas. We couldn’t buy black tea. • There are many local restaurants and street parillas where you can get a good, large meal of rice, fish or chicken, plantanos, chorizo, beans and salad for 6-8 soles or US$2.00 to US$3.00. • There are upmarket resorts around the lagoon which cater for Peruvian tourists. • Friends of ours rented a clean room with a polished concrete...
I had a mixed experience while volunteering with Blue Lagoon. Everything about the volunteering was great. The children I worked with were active and willing to learn. Patrick and his wife were great hosts and helped me get to know Sauce and the people there. Sauce itself is a charming village with wonderful and friendly people. Unfortunately I sustained a significant injury during my work there and had to depart a week early and did not get to finish out the project. While the injury did occur during volunteer time it was the result of a pre-existing condition and was in know way the responsibility of Blue Lagoon or anyone associated with them. I would love to return to Sauce one day to thank everyone I met there. This was definitely a positive experience for me. Buddy Wheeler
Volunteering in the Jungle was something very special for me. In my time off I spend everyday hiking and taking photos. I must have taken 500 photos. The lagoon is very close to the homestay. One day we took a boat ride around the entire lagoon.We also were able to go fishing and catch then cook my own Telapia from the Eco-farm where I worked. There were many waterfalls that we hiked to. Me and another volunteer spent most of my mornings working side by side with a very healthy 80 year old man named Don Juan Garcia. He shared his life’s experiences in the Jungle with me. I helped maintain various fruit trees and ate fruit that I had never seen before. We spend about one hour every day in the eco-garden where we cleaned around the vegetables and brought water up from one of the...
I am currently volunteering with Blue Lagoon Volunteering. My experience has been great. This part of the Amazon Jungle makes me feel like I have gone back in time to a less modernized world. I am working on the Eco-Farm and learing much about tropical plants and fruits and working with a variety of animals. I am also looking forward to having four English as a Second Language students starting next week. This will help me continue to increase my English Skills while helping others.